Gary Dion (N4TXI) created a Wifi Radio to match his entertainment center. His project is inspired by my original Wifi Radio project and shares several of the same parts (such as the Asus WL-520gU wireless router) and design philosophy.
Interesting features of Gary’s version of the radio:
Very cool 4 line VFD display allows more information to be shown at once (and it’s blue!)
AVR sends actual shell commands to the router, which allows the serial console to remain enabled for debugging/other purposes – brilliant!
Nice custom PCB for the ATmega8 microcontroller
Rotary encoder and significantly more advanced control menus
IR remote control support!
More details, photos, and source code are available on Gary’s site.
Thanks to the Make: blog for bringing this project to my attention!
Wow, 2010 came a lot quicker than I expected! With one day to spare, here’s a brief look back at some of the highlights of 2009 here at mightyohm.com.
DIY PID-Controlled Soldering Hotplate:
I needed a hotplate for surface mount soldering, so I built one from scratch using a milled block of aluminum, a 500W cartridge heater, and a surplus PID controller. Some of my favorite DIY projects have been building my own tools, and this one is a great example.
By the way, the submission deadline for talks at Notacon 7 closes on January 31st!
DIY TiVo IR Blaster:
My DIY TiVo IR Blaster was a simple hack constructed in an hour entirely out of parts I already had in the lab. The best part is that eight months later, it’s still working flawlessly. Like any good hack, this one is cheap, simple, and just works.
This project, codenamed “Harrison’s Box“, was a collaboration with my wife Kylie and my father-in-law Bill to build an “electronic box” to give to my nephew Harrison’s on his first birthday. We added as many switches, knobs, and lights as we could. Harrison loved it!